KARACHI: Political parties have condemned the anti-Pakistan statements and inciting party workers for violence by Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain that led to the killing of a person amid unrest in Karachi on Monday.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari tweeted that freedom of speech is fundamental human right in democracy, sacrifices for which were made by his party and journalistic community.

He further said that only a strong democracy could fight terrorism as he condemned attacks on freedom of press, be it by a political party, religious groups or the state itself.

Advisor to Sindh CM on Information, Maula Bux Chandio, said that the slogans voiced yesterday were 'dangerous', adding, "We cannot tolerate such slogans". Condemning Monday's violent incidents in Karachi, he expressed determination to bring the culprits to justice.

Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Mustafa Kamal  urged the MQM activists to act sensibly and silently quit the party if they were unable to prevent their party chief from making such statements.

Head of Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) Pir Pagara demanded registration of a treason case against the MQM chief.

Naeemul Haq, spokesperson of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), welcomed the sealing of MQM headquarters Nine Zero by Rangers, saying that those speaking against Pakistan cannot be forgiven every time.

Pakistan Sunni Tehreek (PST) chief Sarwat Aijaz Qadri said that the ones asking to voice slogans against Pakistan and attack media houses can't be pardoned. He demanded a treason case be lodged against such elements.